Howard Frederick William Mielke

Aug. 15, 1913 - March 14, 2008

Howard Frederick William Mielke, 94, of Waukesha, died Friday, March 14, 2008, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital. He was born Aug. 15, 1913, the son of William and Ella (nee Doss) Mielke.

Howard enjoyed playing baseball in his youth. On Oct. 18, 1941, he married Virginia (nee Roberts) Mielke. She preceded him in death April 11, 2002.

Howard ran his own dairy farm on Guthrie Road until 1963, and he lived on the farm that had been in the family for 100 years. He then went on to work at Grede Foundry in the core room until his retirement in 1978. He was a volunteer firefighter for the Town of Waukesha Fire Department. Howard was a longtime member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, where he served as an usher.

He is survived by his daughter, Trudy (Dan) Staffeldt of Waukesha and his son, Thomas Mielke of Kenosha; his grandchildren, Ben Staffeldt, Annie Staffeldt (Derek DiPietro) and Caleb Staffeldt. He is further survived by his special friends, Blanche Anderson and Karl and Dorothy Berger, along with nieces, other relatives and friends.

In addition to his wife, Virginia, he is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Ethel O’Brien; and brother, Elmer Mielke.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, 2008, at Randle-Dable Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186. Services continue from 10 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 19, at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 700 Beechwood Ave., Waukesha. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the church. Graveside services will follow at Prairie Home Cemetery, 605 S. Prairie Ave., Waukesha.

Memorials may be made to Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church (address above). For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035, or go to www.waukeshafunerals.com for directions or to leave an online tribute.